Are you looking for a way to ship frozen food directly to your consumers while also keeping the food fresh? If so, you understand that this can be one of the biggest challenges. You might have the best products in the industry, but if you cannot meet the demands of your clients, they are going to be disappointed.
Fortunately, there are ways for you to get your frozen food to your customers on time, within budget, and without your food spoiling. What are a few steps to keep in mind?
Use the Right Container
First, you must make sure you use the right shipping container. Your container must be insulated. Options include boxes with insulated foam planks, a Styrofoam container, and even a box made with thermal bubble wraps. The container has to be sturdy enough to protect your frozen food while also keeping the temperature of your food consistent.
You also need to consider the possibility of water leaks. You might want to use a waterproof container, so your clients don’t end up with a soggy box. Plastic liners can also be added to protect the shipping box from getting wet as well. This will make a good impression on your customers while also keeping your frozen food fresh.
Select a Proper Refrigerant
Consider using either gel packs or dry ice. They can keep your food cold during the trip. If you want your food to stay frozen, then use dry ice. If you need your food to remain cold but not frozen (between 32 degrees F and 60 degrees F), then you can use gel packs. Remember that gel packs will get wet as they melt, so you need to plan for this. Dry ice, as the name suggests, will stay dry. Interestingly, dry ice isn’t actually ice at all. It’s made of frozen carbon dioxide and stays much colder than gel packs for a much longer period of time. This is why it is required when shipping frozen food items.
If you use dry ice, it must be handled carefully to avoid skin burns. You should also protect the food from coming into contact with the dry ice directly. Dry ice will release carbon dioxide during the process, so make sure there is room for the ice to expand. It’s also important to add a dry ice warning card in with the shipment s your customer doesn’t get injure handling the dry ice if there is any remining in the box.
Reduce the Movement of Your Frozen Food
You should also take steps to minimize the movement of your frozen food during the trip. For example, you might want to add extra padding, such as bubble wrap or packing peanuts. Your frozen food should be at the center of the container. Then, there should be a protective layer that is at least two inches thick. Double-check your box and make sure you seal the seams properly using packing tape. If your frozen food remains in place during the trip, there is a lower chance of it getting damaged during the transit.
Consider the Transit Time
Perishable foods are generally delivered within 1-2 days of leaving the fulfillment center. You should prepare your container to protect your food for at least 48 hours from start to finish. Then, take steps to reduce the chances of your frozen food sitting in a shipping facility during the weekend.
If you can ship from fulfillment centers on both coasts, you will be able to cover a large portion of the country with 1–2-day ground. This will keep your retail prices and shipping costs lower and profits margins higher. In some cases, it may be necessary to ship air with a 1-2 day guaranteed delivery, so be prepared accordingly.
Work With a Professional Frozen Food Fulfillment Service
There are a lot of moving parts if you are shipping frozen food to your customers. You need to work with a partner that has experience in this area. Instead of having to hire a completely separate workforce and purchase all of this equipment, rely on a frozen food fulfillment service, commonly referred to as Third Part Logistics provider (3PL).
Professional fulfillment services offer a wide variety of options that you can tailor to meet your needs. Options include inventory management, picking, packing, shipping, storage and distribution. That is where our team can help you.
We can work with you to make this process as affordable as possible without sacrificing the quality of your goods. We can help you handle all of your logistics and fulfillment needs. Contact us today at (212) 247-1800 or (888) 998-8762, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.